Stargate Atlantis, not so good.

I was doing some walking last night and watched Stargate Atlantis off netflix. Hey, you know – it was science fiction, and it gives me something to do while I’m walking. As far as episodic science fiction goes, well – it’s really not very good. Of course I’m comparing it to Firefly… But that just makes me even more annoyed that Fox cancelled that original series.

I didn’t watch any episodes – just the pilot. But even still it was grossly predictable, and the characters really didn’t seem to have much of an arc. Not really much development anywhere, that I could tell. Hopefully they did more character development in the series itself, but I suspect not.

debugging bindings

Michael McCracken has a delicious link that I thought was incredibly useful tonight, so I wanted to share: Troubleshooting Cocoa Bindings.

While the bindings are cool, debugging and troubleshooting when code is using it is a real pain. Yeah – almost like giving a cat antibiotics. This article doesn’t explain it all, but at least it’s a decent subset. And it’s been around since August, so I’ve just missed it in the past.

Foggy nights and cat care

The past several nights have been pretty foggy in Seattle, at least around the top of Queen Anne and in the “higher” neighborhoods like Wallingford and Phinney Ridge. Its been sort of neat – the air has a vibrant chill and the light does really cool things.

Wormwood (our cat with the recent surgery – and yes, I named him) is doing quite a bit better, but we’d always wish for better still. He’s not yet given in to opening his mouth to eat, so tomorrow is the telling day. If he’s not eating or at least drinking by tomorrow by himself, then we’ll need to get back to the vets to make sure he’ll get enough fluids – one way or the other. I’m sure he won’t care for that at all, so we’re hoping he starts drinking a little tomorrow. In the meantime, he’s being pretty cuddly and we’re keeping a close eye on him.

Sterling Engines

There’s a neat article about the upcoming use of Sterling Engines to create some highly effecient solar energy conversion in the California desert. I first read about this some time back, and have since been quietly obsessed with the idea of using the external combustion engine (yes, that’s correct and NOT a typo) in a huge variety of places. It only requires a thermal gradient – the really small ones will run off your palm (and do correspondingly little), but just THINK of the places where this could be really effective!

I don’t know how much gradient is really needed to be effective, but if you could get some micro-power generation just from the difference between the ground temp and the air temp, that would be pretty darn cool!

Snow

With the pics from Crater Lake up there now, I’m reminded of something that I felt I needed to share for my own future embarrasment and reference.

When the snow you are standing is holding you, that doesn’t mean that it’s only a few inches deep, or that you don’t need snowshoes. The snow, in fact, at the rim of Crater Lake was something like 4′ deep. And my socks were wet for a good long while (but they were wool, so it was at least mitigated).

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